This wonderful song about the Counting House was written and sung by Mrs. Bousquet's third graders at South Berwick Central School in June 2010 as a community service project.

   Bousquet kids outside
Counting House Museum Song
By Mary Kaye and Mrs. Bousquet’s third grade class
(copyright 2010, all rights reserved)
 
These are the letters they read back then.
These are the clothes that they wore.
This is the dish where they baked their bread.
Farming’s what this tool was for.
 
These are the candles that gave them light.  
These were their favorite toys.
Look there’s a sword that was used to fight.  
And a trumpet to make joyful noise.
They lived here then.  We’re learning how.  
That was then and this is now.
 
Refrain: 
Counting House… Counting House…they counted money then.
Counting House… Counting House… now we count time.
Counting House… Counting House…they counted money then.
Counting House… Counting House… now we count time.
One two three… Counting House… Come with me.
Four five six… Counting House… South Berwick. 

 

 

 

 
Our Tall Tale Project
 
Mrs. Gilbride’s and Mrs. Bousquet’s Classes - South Berwick Central School 2011
We started out with facts about two farmers who lived in the 1880’s. We needed to add exaggerations and real things to our stories because those are important parts of a tall tale. We also started out with some help from Mrs. Keim at the Counting House. We split up into seven groups and each group wrote a story about Turnip and Beet. We had to work hard on listening to each other and we learned to compromise so everyone got to be involved in the writing. 
 
James (Turnip) Chaney and John (Beet) Chaney were brothers who farmed in Tatnic in the late 1800s. In a story handed down through the generations to the present day, these two farmers were referred to by the local people as Turnip and Beet, because they each had their special crops.  The Chaneys’ farms were located south of today’s Route 9 in Wells.  North of them, the Boston and Maine railroad ran from Portland to Boston.  The family story is that the brothers hauled their produce by wagon to the train tracks.  The train would be flagged down – and beets or turnips loaded onto the train, bound for the large cities.  
 
Click here to read the tall tales the children wrote, based on those facts: 
  
 
 

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